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Public Information Statement, Comment Request: Amended

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

935 AM EST Mon Nov 4 2013


To:      Subscribers:

         -Family of Services

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch


Subject: Amended:  Soliciting Comments until June 11, 2014,

         on the Experimental Tampa Bay Marine Channel



Amended to extend comment period through June 11, 2014. 


Reference PNS released January 22, 2013:


The NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) Tampa Bay Area is seeking

user comments on the Experimental Tampa Bay Marine Channel

Forecast through June 11, 2014. The Tampa Bay Marine Channel

Forecast was developed as part of WFO Tampa Bay’s Weather Ready

Nation Pilot objective. The Marine Channel Forecast uses local

NWS digital forecast data for six of the seven weather elements

in the product: winds, gusts, waves, weather, rain chance, and

hazards. For the seventh element, water level relative to mean

sea level, Marine Channel Forecast currently populates data from

the Extra Tropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System

(ESTOFS) model produced by the NWS’s Ocean Prediction Center



Forecasts are produced at 13 points along the Tampa Bay shipping

channel. These 13 points were considered by a diverse group of

mariners to be critical points of weather information along the

channel. The Marine Channel Forecast is displayed on a static

Google map with the Tampa Bay shipping channel and the forecast

points overlaid. Users may click on any forecast point to view

the forecast.


The comment period is being extended to solicit additional

comments on new enhancements to the Marine Channel Forecast. 

This includes alternations to the current layout (new tabs) and

the addition of cross section forecasts for the route. 

The Marine Channel Forecast is currently available at the

following web address:


Users are encouraged to provide feedback on this experimental

product by using the brief survey and comment form at:


or provide comments directly to


At the end of the comment period, if comments are favorable, the

Marine Channel Forecast will be evaluated for national availability.


You may obtain more information on this product online at:


For questions regarding this notice, please contact:


Todd Barron

Emergency Response Meteorologist

NWS Tampa Bay/Ruskin FL

813-645-2323 x331


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